Published on Dec 18, 2023

First prototype documented and ready for replication

We are very happy to announce that the first prototype of the OpenFlexure Field Dissection Microscope has been documented fully so that others can build itYou can find the assembly instructions on ...

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Published on Dec 14, 2023

Render, render on the screen, who is the fairest that's ever been.

There is far more to open source hardware than designing something for yourself and dumping these files online. For a project to really be open source, people need to be able to build it, to use it...

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Published on Dec 07, 2023

Approaching a functioning instrument

There has been considerable progress with the microscope performance today!In a past lab note we discussed options for the microscope optics. This included two lens systems, the lens from the Raspb...

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Published on Oct 23, 2023

Scope-shape and Bristol Fashion

Those who are watching along with development closely will have seen that we are behind schedule on or milestones. Like all project managment we were perhaps a bit ambitious in the timeline, at tim...

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Published on Sep 15, 2023

Two lens or not two lens? That is the question

As I prototype the field dissection microscope I am facing some lens related questions, and more importantly lens related design decisions.I have started off with things I had around the workshop f...

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Published on Aug 11, 2023

Making a list... checking it twice...

Not too much progress with the microscope over the past week, due ot other commitments on my time. It will probably be near the end of the month before I really get stuck into it again.However, as ...

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Published on Aug 03, 2023

First images from the Field Dissection microscope

We are still in the very early days of the prototype: There is no real frame. The focus mechanism needs more control over its friction We have hardly thought about optics No illumination whatsoeve...

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Published on Jul 27, 2023

Open Source software tools for low-cost tools for science

Much of our funding for this project came from a low-cost tools for science Experiment Foundation Challenge. However, how do we design really good low cost tools for science? We are very keen on ma...

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Published on Jul 26, 2023

Progress with the mechanism

For those following along at home the design is happening live in this repository. We are adding scripts to automatically check any OpenSCAD code and to create any STLs in the cloud, so the product...

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